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Barnraising 2012



The 2012 Public Lab Barnraising was in Cocodrie, Louisiana, at the LUMCON campus.

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Media sharing

Lots of people took photos, shared articles/readings, etc. Let's aggregate them here! Please remember to share Creative Commons Attribution at least. We can also host large amounts of files, just contact web@publiclaboratory.org.

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Schedule Grid

See the unconference-style schedule in the Google Spreadsheet Schedule Grid

Travel Coordination

If you'll be needing a ride to / from the airport, or from New Orleans to Cocodrie (or even just to give us a heads up as to your details), please add your name to the arrival times / departures list. You will be added to the list of scheduled rides

Review: Grassroots Mapping Toolkit

A series of 10-25 minute talks to frame where we're at with our most developed tool (balloon/kite mapping), and give focus to brainstorming the future.

Civic Response to Deepwater Horizon & Looking Forward Shannon Dosemagen

  • how we did it the first time
  • the degrees of volunteer involvement and how we can improve
  • leveraging online volunteers while keeping locals in charge
  • sharing data online and offline

The Gowanus Conservancy: Interfacing with the EPA Liz Barry

  • building civic science/gov't science relationships

Wetlands Restoration and Long-term Monitoring Scott Eustis & Adam Griffith

  • Wetland restoration with volunteers
  • civic science in volunteer restoration
  • tracking progress & maintaining a data series over time

The State of Kite & Balloons for Mapping Mathew Lippincott

  • the state of the art & future research directions
  • ease of use and replicability
  • designing for volunteer kit construction in emergency response

Civic Cartography Stewart Long

  • Sharing the map-stitching burden across volunteers
  • training new cartographers for Mapknitter
  • how do we make Mapknitter more central field work?

Groundtruthing Oil Contaminiation-- spectrometers in the field Jeff Warren

  • creating a usable assay
  • building hacked devices for emergency response
  • sharing back and integrating with mapmaking

Proposed Unconference Sessions

Add sessions you'd like to see -- we're doing at least part of this "unconference style" -- and put your name down next to sessions you're a fan of!

Extracting and testing soil/water with spectrometers and lasers

  • Jeff W
  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Pat C

Starting a Public Lab chapter

  • Shannon
  • Jeff W
  • Don B
  • Cindy R
  • Hagit
  • Claudia MM
  • Jen H
  • Liz

Crowdfunding: raising money and shipping open hardware prototypes

  • Jeff W
  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Hagit
  • Pat C

Curriculum development for environmental monitoring tools what workshop and lesson plans would help communities integrate PLOTS tools?

  • Shannon
  • Phil
  • Mathew
  • Don B
  • Cindy R
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM
  • Jen H
  • Liz -- successful strategies for "first contact" workshops that yield ongoing engagement.

Hydrogen Sulfide Hack Session

  • Sara
  • Shannon
  • Don B
  • Anyone else working on H2S issues!

Usability of the Balloon Mapping Toolkit we'll go through the planning process and brainstorm ways to improve the rate at which people share back their planning, mapping, and mapping outcomes.

  • Mathew
  • Chris F: How about a special data entry form for notes about your recent mapping outing.
  • Don B
  • Cindy R: Feedback from community in London, UK
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

Designing publiclaboratory.org to capture the context of tool use we'll look at Mapknitter, research notes and brainstorm improvements to encourage people to post more info on flight planning, why to make maps, and see what lessons we can draw for other tools like Spectral Workbench

Introduction to MapKnitter and/or alternatives For those new to Mapknitter, we could align fresh images if we get any, or discuss advanced topics.

  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Cindy R
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

What is your experience with the PLOTS website (publiclaboratory.org)? Suggestions?

  • Chris F
  • Don B
  • Shannon
  • Cindy R: feedback from creating research notes
  • Pat C
  • Liz

Measuring the effectiveness of DIY Science tools Guidelines for designing and implementing surveys and metrics for assessing the effectiveness and outcomes of DIY science initiatives and technologies.

  • Don B
  • Chris F
  • Shannon
  • Cindy R
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

Aerial mapping demonstration Chris F. will try to arrive in Cocodrie on Thursday afternoon in time to catch the afternoon breezes with a kite and fly the PLOTS NIR camera setup around LUMCON. We can try again during the weekend.

  • Chris F
  • Oscar B
  • hagit
  • Pat C
  • Claudia MM

Creating a "Getting Started with PLOTS Tools" booklet

  • Don B
  • Shannon
  • Cindy
  • Hagit
  • Jen H
  • Liz

Ethics of participation

  • Cindy R
  • Shannon
  • Oscar B
  • Don B
  • hagit
  • Claudia MM
  • Jen H

Wetland Plant Identification from Aerial and Satellite Photography Report back from the two 3-day USGS classes Scott is taking from the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA--with reference to existing Delta wetlands maps in Mapknitter

  • Scott E
  • Pat C
  • Liz

Alternatives, given helium shortage

  • Pat C: kite kits like Matheww's Tyvek Deltas, UAVs, alternate lifting gases; lead time for helium, etc
  • Cindy (we have a real serious shortage here in London, UK)

Passenger Pigeon one-page flyer design storm

  • Qr code for flight stats

  • Jeff

add your proposals here

Grassroots Mapping Forum

The Grassroots Mapping Forum will be used as a framework for documenting and continuing conversations started at the barnraising. We'll use Google Docs to take session notes and an interactive wall of sticky notes to plan out the next issue, set for printing in late November/early December. The planning page is here.


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Logistics

LUMCON, who are so generous to host us, has an online handbook for visitors. Check it out: http://www.lumcon.edu/facilities/MarineCenter/VisitorHandbook.pdf

Lodging Options

The majority of people will be staying at the LUMCON facilities which has male and female dorms. They are $20 per night. If you are not comfortable spending the night in a dorm, the closest marina/lodge is TradeWinds: http://www.tradewindscocodrie.com/. If you are coming with a group of friends, there are also a number of "camp" options (which means large houses with enough sleeping room for 8+).

There are also a number of lodging options in Houma (which is a bit of a distance away) and a couple of options in Chauvin.


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